This is a typical quote from someone who hates rap, "Rap is stupid because it's just all about drugs, sex, money, rape, and being gangster." Now, this is a completely reasonable response, especially for those who don't really listen to much underground rap; or mostly just mainstream rap (Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, etc.)
Well, why did you enter this thread? Chances are you either a) wanted to agree with me or b) defend rap or c) say that all I/we do is listen to mainstream rap and that is why we have no appreciation for the genre. Well, I'm here to introduce you folks to some good rap that even those of you who don't like rap might
even find somewhat enjoyable
Now, lets start our lesson off with some Jurassic 5. For the purposes of this thread, I am going to use the song 'A Day At The Races,' since a good portion of you have probably played Tony Hawk's Underground.
How's you like it? The style is simple. A basic beat with minimal bass, yet some smooth rhymes and basic lyrics make the song very appealing to the ears. The lyrics really don't spread a message (like some rappers), but they are simple and work.
Now we're going to change it up a little bit and let you enjoy some rhythmic tunes of Mr. Lif. Mr. Lif is a rapper that likes to rap about issued in the country, government, and things of that nature. He doesn't use too much language that people will find offensive, and some of his rhymes are pure genius
. Here's one of his songs that deals a lot with current issues; such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Taliban, the Northern Alliance, police brutality, etc. The title of the track is 'Home of the Brave,' and I strongly suggest everyone in this thread listen to this song.
Like it? Well, I know I do. It's got a simple beat that is both original, but doesn't get annoying to the point of being droll like a lot of unique beats from experimenting. He touched on some good points, and even used some good comical means to express them.
Now we're switching things up. The next rapper also focuses on major issued in the world, but he takes a much more extreme approach. By extreme I mean he uses much more language, and has a much more aggressive sound to his voice. He also uses a lot more language than most rappers, but there is no denying Immortal Technique, the next rapper, is one of the best rappers alive. I'm going to post one of his songs from his latest album, 3rd World, but I'm also going to post 'A Dance With The Devil,' which is, in my opinion, one of the best rap songs ever. (Be warned when listening to Immortal Technique though, he uses some very strong language.)
The first video, 3rd World, discusses poverty a lot, and how the relationships between Africans and Caucasians has changed, and how life for so many is cold and bitter. The second video, however, is a story. I know, I know; the song is extremely long, but if you ever have the time to listen to the entire thing then please do. The song is so emotional, and made me really sad when I listened to it. That's the first time a rap song, nay, a song in general has ever done that to me. I'm not going to explain what the story is about, since that would spoil the whole song.
Lets head back to some mainstream stuff, but some damned good mainstream stuff. Well, not really... since it was mainstream in the 90s, really. The next song is legendary amongst fans of the hip-hop community. Juicy, by Biggie Smalls (The Notorious B.I.G.) is a classic, and talks mostly about life in the ghetto of New York City; and growing up in the ghetto.
Really, that song has some sweet lines in it. All you gamers will like the line including to 16-bit systems from the 90s. It's a simple song with a simple beat, but it really does have a good point and has some great comparisons to early life and later life.
Well, this thread doesn't really need to go on any longer, so I'm just going to w"rap" it up. Firstly, I don't hate mainstream rap; some of it is actually quite enjoyable. Secondly, if you liked any of this music, then just Youtube some more videos by these rappers and enjoy. I highly recommend looking up the track list for Emergency Rations, by Mr. Lif, and listening to that entire album cover to back. I'm such a Mr. Lif fanboy it's not even funny. And, lastly, I missed about 100 amazing rappers here. Check out Jay Z, Lupe Fiasco, Fabulous, Eminem, Aesop Rock, Mos Def, Tupac, Ice Cube, Nas, Kanye West, and many more. I hope I changed some people's opinions on rap. It's not all drugs and sex and beer, etc. There is
rap that is extremely good and lots of artists that make great points on their political opinions in their songs. Don't stereotype rap to Soulja Boy.